GLADSTONE - Boy Scout Ben Troutman, son of Tony and Ann Troutman of Gladstone, has become the 36th Scout from Troop 414 to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. His Court of Honor celebrating his achievement was conducted in late March.
Troop 414 is sponsored by Holy Name Catholic School and the Scoutmaster is Keith Whitman.
Ben became active in Scouts while attending Holy Name School and joined the troop in April of 2010 after encouragement from some of his classmates.
Eagle Scout Ben Troutman is pictured presenting the keys to the recently constructed concession stand at Holy Name Athletic Field to Joe Carlson, Holy Name principal. Ben completed the construction of the building as his community service project in preparation for receiving his Eagle Award. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 414 of Escanaba and is the 36th Scout from the Troop to earn Eagle honors.
To attain his Eagle award, Bed had to earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 11 required for Eagle and 10 electives. Ben earned the following: Citizenship in the Community, Communications, Personal Management, Swimming, Archery, Carpentry, Camping, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Fingerprinting, Pathfinding, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Railroading, Small Boat Sailing, Truck Transportation, Wood Carving, and Journalism.
For his service project, Ben constructed a concession stand for the Holy Name athletic field. As Scoutmaster Whitman pointed out, this was the largest Eagle Scout project undertaken by a Scout from Troop 414. Between the Eagle Scout candidate, Troop 414 Scouts, other youth, Scout leaders, and other adults, over 538 hours were put toward this project.
Ben worked first with his father, brother, and grandfather in designing the concession stand. After designing the building, fellow Scouts were brought in during July and August, 2013, to prepare the site and lay the cement slab with concrete donated from Bichler Gravel & Concrete Company. The building was constructed in August and September with Ben's fellow Scouts, as well as his father, brother Nick, and grandfather, Dave Troutman.
In late fall, electricity was installed in the building by Kobas Electric Company, that donated the materials and labor. Due to unforeseen problems that arose, Bosk Equipment Rental and CR Meyers came to the rescue by donating excavating equipment.
Many fans attending athletic events at the field have already commented on how much the building adds to the athletic complex.
In expressing his appreciation, Scott Mallard, Holy Name athletic director, noted this is another nice addition in refurbishing the sports complex.
In attaining his Eagle, Ben amassed 21 nights of camping during his Scout career, including two trips to Camp Bear Paw in Mountain, Wis. Ben also camped at Picture Rocks National Lakeshore where he had the opportunity to experience scuba diving and served on the Mackinac Island Governor's Honor Guard.
Ben has participated in numerous troop activities, including highway cleanups, bell ringing for the salvation Army, and assisting other Scouts with their Eagle Scout projects. Ben has served as quartermaster for Troop 414 for many years.
Ben and his family are members of All Saints Parish in Gladstone. The new Eagle is currently a junior at Gladstone High School and preparing to receive his Black Belt in Karate.